The stars lost their divinity as astronomy developed, and the Dying God has no place in chemical agriculture
– C.S. Lewis
In our dreams, pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart; and in our despair, against our will, comes wisdom by the awful grace of God
The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear
A Lacanian Reading
The Monstrosity of Christ
with the TelevisionSeries,
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Just for a moment, let’s imagine that Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chroniclestelevision series (both season 1 and season 2) is true in its entirety and in its speciﬁcity.There really is a Sarah Connor, mother of 16-year old John Connor and a girl-Terminator, Cameron Phillips, sent from the future to protect John Connor,masquerading as John’s sister.
This ﬁctive narrative is centered around JudgmentDay occurring on April 21, 2011 when Skynet, an artiﬁcially intelligent (AI) missiledefense system built for the U.S. military by Cyberdyne Corporation
becomes self-aware and launches a preemptive nuclear attack on Russia, knowing full-well thatunder the present Deterrence Doctrine
strategy of Mutual Assured Destruction
(today’s current version of National Security through deterrence based on counter-
force) the Russian counter-response will be to launch all their nuclear-tipped missilesagainst the U.S. homeland. This
, counter-force nuclear exchange responseessentially destroys the climate of the earth and the ability of the earth’s ecosystems tosupport existing food production, as well as much of the man-made infrastructure ofthe world’s cities. The result of this nuclear war is to leave only a remnant of a humanpopulation of 500,000 from the more than six billion of the earth’s human populationalive at the start of the war.
Additionally, Skynet has released Terminator cyborgs, human-looking-like robots withliving tissue over hyper-alloy exoskeletons as hunter-killersof the remainder of
humanity. What humanity that survives is organized as an armed Resistance to the
machines under the leadership of John Connor.In this bleak, apocalyptic future, with humankind’s very existence hangingby a thread,both Skynet and the Resistance have acquired the use of time travel technology.Skynet has sent Terminators back in time before the Holocaust to kill John Connor so
THE MONSTROCITY OF CHRIST: PARADOX OR DIALECTIC?
BY SLAVOJ ZIZEK ANDJOHN MILBANK, EDITED BY CRESTON DAVIS (CAMBRIDGE, MA. & LONDON: THE MIT PRESS, 2009)
Lyle Brecht DRAFT 4.3 Sunday, July 5, 2009
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